The distinct tour activities to do in Rwenzori Mountains National Park are a reason many visitors consider this park a must-visit Uganda safari destination. The park lies in Southwestern Uganda (in the districts of Bundibugyo, Kasese and Kabarole) at the border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and expands to cover about 1000sq.kms of land. A visit to Rwenzori Mountains National Park while on Uganda safari never leaves tourists out of what to do because there are many activities to engage in. These include;

Mountaineering/Mountain climbing

When you think of the best destination to engage in mountaineering adventures in East Africa or Africa, Rwenzori Mountains National Park never miss out of the list. The park shelters the Rwenzori Mountains also best known as Mountains of the Moon, an exceptional block mountain offering breathtaking mountain climbing experiences to climbers or hikers on Uganda safari holiday.

Mountaineering adventures here offer a world class experience to Margherita Peak (5109m) and hikers can take on anyone of the many trails leading to the Rwenzori Mountains’ different peaks. Other peaks include Mount Speke, Mount Luigi, Elena, Baker and Mount Gessi. The climber may require 7 days or more to challenge themselves to make a complete hike to the stunning peaks of the Rwenzori mountain ranges. Interestingly, every designated trail has something unique to offer ranging from the glacial lakes, scenic valleys and a lot more.

The existing trails to explore while on mountaineering adventure here include the Central Circuit Trail. This begins at Mihunga ascending to Bujuku Valley then passes through Nyabitaba. It offers a perfect view of the mountain’s snow peaks but you will need some physical wellness to make a complete hike.

The Kilembe trails exist in the southern slopes of the Rwenzori Mountain ranges. This is found next to Kasese town and takes hikers through the Nyamwaba Valley path navigating via glacial lakes and breathtaking viewpoints. It is possible to book your mountaineering adventure with our reservation. Mountaineering adventures in Rwenzori Mountains National Park are perfectly carried out during the dry season beginning from June to September and December to February.

Birding

Rwenzori Mountains National Park is a designated UNESCO Heritage Site and also a significant bird-watching spot Uganda safari tourists shouldn’t miss to explore and experience. Birding in different habitats in and around this park involves identifying diverse bird population ranging from the dusky crimson wings, collared Apalis, barred long-tailed cuckoos, blue-headed sunbirds, African long-eared owl, Archer’s robin chat, Kivu ground thrush, red-faced woodland warbler, purple breasted sunbirds, Rwenzori batis, slender-billed starling, white collared olive back, Rwenzori turacos, strip breast tit, golden-winged sunbirds, nightjars, dwarf honeyguide to mention but a few. For an enjoyable bird watching experience, ensure you have a good camera and a pair of binoculars.

Cultural experience

Cultural tours while on Uganda safari in Rwenzori Mountains National Park are perfectly conducted from any one of the nearby local communities. Visitors can walk to interact with local residents, learn about their daily lifestyles, history, traditions, cultures, and enjoy their dances, music performances. They include Ruboni village where you can get insight into the Bakonzo’s unique cultures, practices, dances and a lot more; the Bulemba-Ihandiro cultural trail that takes you to a traditional healer and local blacksmiths as well as the Bakonzo traditional museum. Other places to enjoy cultural encounters here include Rwenzori Turaco View Campsite.

Nature walks/Hiking

Nature walks can be incorporated with other Uganda safari activities in Rwenzori Mountains National Park. A nature walk offers tourists a perfect opportunity to interact with nature, enjoy the great sight of diverse wildlife, birds, and view the scenic surrounding areas. The different trails take enthusiastic nature lovers on an amazing panoramic view of Lake Muhooma, Buraro chimp forest.

Wildlife viewing

The Rwenzori Mountains National Park shelters the 3 horned chameleons which you can spot while on a wildlife safari. Other wildlife species to spot out include bushbucks, Rwenzori colobus, Uganda clawed frogs, rock hyrax, Rwenzori climbing mouse, mongoose, forest elephants, red duikers, blue monkeys, golden cats, giant forest hogs, and others.

Where to stay in Rwenzori Mountains National Park

The available accommodation choices around Rwenzori Mountains National Park include Rwenzori Backpackers, Ihamba Lakeside Safari Lodge, Tropical Savanna Guesthouse, Equator Snow Lodge, Ruboni Community Camp, and others.

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